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Lviv culinary traditions in Lower Silesia

The world would be much sadder if there were no tasty dishes. Our ancestors who lived in the former Eastern Borderlands(Kresy) of the Republic of Poland knew about it, and maybe they even indulged each other in this respect. In any case, the cuisine of the Borderlands, and especially Lviv , was famous for its abundance of food and drinks. And how much of Lviv is there in today’s Wrocław and Lower Silesia cuisine? How to use the borderland culinary heritage in Lower Silesian tourism?

Barbara Jakimowicz-Klein

Barbara Jakimowicz-Klein

– You from Wrocław? Because I am also from Lviv – this popular post-war anecdote confirmed for the inhabitants of other regions of Poland about the Lviv origin of the “new” Wrocław inhabitants. In fact, displaced people from Lviv constituted less than 10% of the total number of inhabitants of the Lower Silesian capital . The Borderlanders, however, comprised about 40% of the settlers who began to settle in this region in 1945. And it was Borderlanders, and especially the people of Lviv, who set the tone for social and cultural life in Wrocław and Lower Silesia. Why?


Both the academic and cultural center was largely created by the people of Lviv. Wrocław’s universities were largely built by the professors of the Jan Kazimierz University and the Lviv University of Technology. The structure of the University of Wrocław was modeled on the UJK, and was headed by the former rector of the university, Stanisław Kulczyński. Thanks to the efforts of representatives of the former Lviv elite, valuable cultural goods related to Lviv were brought to Wrocław. This is how the Ossolineum collections found their place in this city. The monument to Aleksander Fredro, the Panorama of the Battle of Racławice and other collections extremely valuable for Polish culture and science are also here. This is how the “bridge” connecting Lviv and Wrocław was created. The city had the Lwów Cinema, Orląt Lwowskich Square and Lwowska Street. Recently, a museum of Pan Tadeusz was opened in Wrocław and an artistic panorama of the former Lviv was made available. In the first decades after the war, one could commonly hear the Lviv dialect “balak” in the street, and even today some Wrocław residents speak with a singsong accent.

The former Lviv residents – unlike other residents of post-war Wrocław – stayed together. Also, the inhabitants of the displaced Polish borderland villages tried to stay together and, if it was possible, they settled together in one place. They brought their customs to Lower Silesia, including the culinary ones, cordiality, openness and tolerance. Today, when asked: “What has moved to Wrocław from the Lviv tradition?”, The inhabitants of the city in second place – after hospitality and openness – mention culinary traditions, especially the festive ones. So let’s take a look at Lviv’s flavors in Lower Silesia and its capital.

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